​Oneida County History Center

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Make Your Mark in History 

Join hosts Joe Kelly and Kelly Blazosky for the 13th annual Oneida County History Center Telethon broadcast LIVE on WUTR (ABC).  Call 1-315-735-3642 during the telethon on Tuesday, April 3 from 6:30-8:00 pm to pledge your support.  This special event is the history center’s largest annual fundraiser and is used in part to build new exhibits, underwrite special programming, and support operation of our library for historical and genealogical research.​

May 18-20, 2018

Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.
Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 PM- The History of the Brothertown Indians

Janet Dangler, Marshall Town Historian, will discuss the Brothertown Indians; a Christian group of Native Americas originally comprised of individuals from several northeastern tribes who settled the Deansboro area.  Dangler will discuss the group’s history, share stories of several well-known Brothertons, including Samson Occum, Asa Dick, and Romance Wyatt, and address issues facing the Brothertown Indians today.   ​

Saturday, March 17 from 1:00-3:00 PM- Irish Tea Fundraiser

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Oneida County History Center!  Join us for our 3rd annual Irish Tea featuring hot beverages, finger foods, desserts, door prizes, and more.  Entertainment to include a presentation by Bob Sullivan on one of our country’s most famous Irish descendants, John F. Kennedy. Tickets: $18/ticket or $135/table.  All proceeds benefit the Oneida County History Center.  Tickets can be purchased at the history center or by phone 315-735-3642.

Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 PM- Sesquicentennial Scrapbook 

Joe Kelly's Sesquicentennial Scrapbook celebrates Utica's history in a series of fun and entertaining vignettes. The booklet was originally written for a weekly column in the Observer-Dispatch to commemorate the city's 150th anniversary. A lot has changed in since the city’s sesquicentennial, but Utica’s history hasn’t. Join Joe Kelly to discuss and sign copies of the 35th Anniversary Edition of his popular book.

Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 pm- Book Signing- The Balance of Justice

The Balance of Justice: the Utica Streetcar Murder of 1872 is a biographical novel based on the story of Josephine McCarty, a woman indicted for murder in 1872 for shooting a man on a street car filled with witnesses.  Join author Eileen Hospicker to explore the journey and mystery of Josephine.

Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 pm- Soldiers Joy

Join Bill Fahy and Amanda Straney as they perform music of the Civil War on banjo, guitar, and fiddle,.  This talented due will also share the stories behind the songs with letters and accounts from soldiers of Oneida County and NY State.  Don’t miss this family-friendly program that celebrates “the first real American music” – the music of the Civil war.
A 3 day history conference aimed to highlight the role of women in local history and promote women's issues in the greater Mohawk Valley. Speakers will include experts in women’s studies and history, and community leaders that are currently shaping the Mohawk Valley.

13th annual ochc telethon on wutr-tv

Tuesday, April 3 6:30-8:00 PM 

presented by the Masonic Care Community

Now on Exhibit! 

Be Denemark: Utica's Business and Social Pioneer

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Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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